When we inquired whether she looked to Gisele Bundchen or Tyra Banks for some fashion-forward inspiration, the House Republican Conference chairwoman revealed she already had a strategy in mind: “I’ll focus on the kid.”

Good move. Luckily for the congresswoman, Cole was a natural. The blond cutie, who has Down Syndrome and served as the gala’s 2013 Ambassador, smiled, waved, and blew kisses to the crowd as the pair made their way down the runway.

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McMorris Rogers and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) were both honored at the annual event with the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

And McMorris Rogers wasn’t the only lawmaker putting her catwalk-sashaying skills to the test. Also spotted working it at the fashion show: Reps. Jim MoranJames (Jim) Patrick MoranThe Hill's Top Lobbyists 2021 The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2020 Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (D-Va.), Viriginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and his son, Alex, (who chose to be escorted down the runway by two cheerleaders that bestowed kisses on the cheek of the high schooler), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response MORE (R-Va.) and Chris StewartChris StewartOvernight Defense & National Security — Washington gathers for Colin Powell's funeral House Republican says as much as 40 percent of some intel agencies remain unvaccinated Two coaches charged with murder in basketball player's death after practice MORE (R-Utah). 

Photo: McMorris Rodgers' son, Cole, works it on the runway at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation gala. / Credit: Jeremy McKnight

This story has been updated.